I've been in Rockford for nearly twenty years. I've seen restaurants open, close, and everything in between.

However, every restaurant that is on my list has been there since the day I came to town.

I've said it for years, and I will continue, Rockford has some of the most underrated food in the country.

That's why my list, while relatively short, isn't the same style of food from different places.

If I drove through, carried out or sat down, and I spent the time to tabulate them all up, these five Rockford restaurants would qualify as the ones I have eaten at the most.

Lino's - You know I'm a huge pizza guy, but for me, Lino's is more than just the pizza. The atmosphere, the staff and everything else make it a must for me and the fam when we want Italian. My go-to meal? Eggplant Parmesan. If you haven't had, make plans. For me, it's a "try before you die" menu item.

Mary's Market - Only in the past handful of years have I frequented Mary's Market. Salads are awesome, cookies and all of the baked goods are, ahem, the goods. My go-to meal? Veggie Stack. Light, delicious and meatless.

JMK Nippon - Probably my favorite place to hit up for a big group gathering. The Hibachi chefs are incredible, the drinks are stiff and the karaoke is a blast. The sushi is also vastly underrated. My go-to meal? Hibachi Chicken and Shrimp Dinner for Two (I share).

Uncle Nick's - My favorite food to eat late at night. For a while there, I was driving through almost daily to grab dinner. My go-to meal? Gyros, Large Fries, and a Pizza Puff.

Beef-A-Roo - You're not a true Rockford guy or girl without knowing the Beef-A-Roo menu inside and out. That's why I got well acquainted with it when my family moved to Rockford's west side. I was mere minutes from their location on Auburn and I hit it up frequently. My go-to meal? Buffalo Chicken Wrap and Onion Rings.

What Rockford restaurants have you eaten at the most? Let us know.

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